Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Fabulous Yeast Rolls


The centerpiece for my table is my childhood Easter basket.  I have such fond memories of this basket for my Mom always made the most beautiful arrangement of Easter candy.  My Mom carefully placed all my favorites in, with always a large cream filled egg in the middle.  I especially loved Russell Stover strawberry eggs, that used to be decorated with pretty flowers. 



Aren't these salt and peppers cute?


I filled my basket with raspberry colored tulips that match the fabric in my topper that I made.  The green fabric is a beautiful Spring green color and the contrasting black  has tiny floating flowers.  Do you see the bunny in the patch?  He's surrounded by cabbage, peas, greenery and forsythia.  A white radish is tied  on an end and a little bird is glued on the other end. 


I'm using my Mikasa Berry Delight plates, which pick up the raspberry color in the tulips and in the topper. 

These special rolls come from Marigene at  The actual name of these rolls is Spicery Rolls, which you can read about here at Marigene's blog.  There you can also get the complete recipe, which makes 36.  I opted to cut the recipe in half because of my mixer bowl size,  which still gave me a generous amount.  Here's the recipe:

3/4 cup boiling water
1/4 cup butter
3/4 t. salt
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup hot, but not boiling water
3 ounces evaporated milk
2 T. yeast
4 1/2 - 5 cups flour ( you can use some whole wheat, if desired)

In a large bowl of your mixer. pour boiling water over butter.  Add salt and sugar and stir well.  When butter is melted, mix in the additional hot water.  Stir in evaporated milk.  Slowly add flour and yeast.  Use the dough hook and knead about 10 minutes. 

Grease a large bowl and put the dough in and turn it over so the surface is well greased.  Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 30-45 minutes.

Dump the dough onto a well floured surface.  Divide the dough in half and then divide each half into 9 pieces to shape into dinner rolls.  The nine rolls fit well into two greased round 9" cake pans.

Let rise until doubled.  Just before putting them in the oven, brush with and egg/water wash.  Bake for 25-35 (mine were done in 20)  minutes at 375 degrees, or until the tops of the rolls are golden brown. 

Makes 18 large rolls.

NOTE:  These would also make wonderful cinnamon rolls!!  Just roll out the dough, spread with softened butter, sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon, roll up and slice. 


This Mama bunny has been living in our backyard with her baby.  I got a quick pic of her on  the patio.    They're so cute, but they are all over our neighborhood.  I can't even plant pansies in the ground because they eat them right down to the nub!

Happy Easter!!

I am sharing this with:                                                                                     
On the Menu Monday
Tabletop Tuesday                                                                          
Let's Dish!
Weekend Potluck
Seasonal Sundays

                Thank  you for visiting!  xo


  1. hello kitty
    what a lovely blog you have.mmmh those yeast-rolls look very good. thanks for the recipe.
    like your salt and peppers.
    greetings from germany,

  2. Those rolls look awesome, I did see them on Marigene's blog. Love the shot of the mama bunny, how could something so sweet and innocent looking destroy a garden?! Happy and Blessed Easter, Kitty, to you and Rich. xo

  3. Your rolls are absolutely gorgeous Kitty! Now THAT's what I'd like to put on the Easter table!!! Please don't get me started on what the bunnies eat in the garden:@)

  4. Ooooo . . . I wanna try this for cinnamon rolls!

  5. Oh I think I need to make those, Kitty! Thanks!

    Bunnies: so cute unless they live in your yard, then not-so-much!


  6. I can almost smell those rolls - yummy!! Love your sweet basket and bunnies. Easter will be here, before we know it!

  7. Yum! Oh my...

    Happy Easter Kitty!

  8. You had me at the mention of yeast rolls! Oh my, they look delish my friend. Your basket and table look very festive and I love the dishes. What I really want to get my hands on are the rolls! :)


  9. Kitty, you are lucky to have your Easter basket from your childhood! I'm lucky that I have my Christmas stocking ;o) I never make rolls, but I should try these. Wishing you and your family a very Happy Easter dear friend! xo

  10. Kitty~ Marigene's recipe & your rolls look delicious! Adorable pansy-eating bunny :) Happy Easter!

  11. I love your childhood Easter basket and your sweet memories. Touched my heart.

    Wow, your rolls look delicious! Have a wonderful Easter.

  12. Kitty, I can't believe you have your childhood Easter neat is that! I think your rolls look better than the ones I make! I never thought of using the dough to make cinnamon rolls...I am going to try it...that is my husband's favorite thing in the world.
    I hear you on the rabbits eating your plants down to nubs...we have a couple here that do the same thing...I gave up planting tulips, just so they could dine on them!
    Happy Easter!

  13. Hi Kitty,
    It's been a while since I've visited you and I just want to say how much I love your blog design! Those rolls look fabulous and I may have to try my hand at making them. Your table is very pretty with your table topper and childhood Easter basket.How amazing that you still have it. The rabbits came into our garden last year and we had to put up chicken wire under the gate to keep them out. So far it's working. Hope you have a blessed Easter!

  14. I love to admire all your pretty things! Those rolls look just perfect!

  15. These rolls will be a huge undertaking for me, but I'm going to try to get up my nerve and try them! They look magnificent. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Happy Easter! Cherry Kay

  16. scrumptious looking rolls. Yummy!! But then you are an accomplished baker. I can make rolls that flop! Your dishes are beautiful. I've not seen this pattern. The sweet basket is such a blessing to have. I love your arrangement. The bunnies and the topper are so beautiful. Have a beautiful day and a blessed Easter. xo marlis

  17. Hi, Kitty! Marigene only lives about an hour's drive from my house (give or take), so now I'm going to make her make me some of these rolls so I can score points with Ramon! I have NO talent in the yeast roll arena, but his dearly departed Mom always used to bake rolls for him. If I can't bake, I'll have to fake! :-) I'll let Marigene know she's on the hook for this now! :-)

    I love it that you still have your childhood Easter basket! Oh, my gosh! That's so neat! I couldn't begin to tell you where any of mine were. (I'm guessing in a landfill somewhere!) The decor you added to the basket all works beautifully with your quilt topper. The colors are really complementary to each other!

    I hope that you and your family are able to enjoy a quiet (except for the chatter and laughter) and happy Easter weekend! Take care, dear one!

  18. Kitty - how very special it is that you STILL have your childhood Easter basket - that's so amazing! The rolls definitely look fabulous. I love that they don't have much sugar in them think I'll have to try them soon. I love nothing better than a hot roll from the oven...and warm cookies too. MMM good! Enjoy a wonderful Easter weekend with those you love most.

  19. Oh, Kitty, your rolls look amazing and I can almost smell them! I used to bake bread and rolls but once my second baby arrived I got too busy. I miss the smell of fresh baked bread in the house. But this is an easy recipe and I might just give it a try when I get back on my feet. Thanks for sharing yet another wonderful recipe with us at my HOME and I wish you and your family a Happy Easter.

    Blessings & hugs,

  20. Your yeast rolls look so amazing, this sounds like a wonderful recipe!

  21. Oh my, Kitty, your rolls look incredible! What a sweet bunny at the end and your table centerpiece is adorable :)

    Have a wonderful Easter!


  22. O, Kitty...I've NEVER seen such beautiful rolls...even in the best food magazines.
    I want to try this recipe to take to my daughter's Easter brunch on Sunday. I am sooo not a bread maker and if I make them and blog about them, I will have to use YOUR photos as my rolls could NEVER be this lovely.:))
    Over from Miz Helens

  23. I had to make bread to take to someone's house the other night, and I still have packets of yeast that need to be used before they expire. You've given me the incentive to make rolls to take to my daughter's for Easter brunch. Won't she be surprised!

  24. Hello.
    I am looking forward to a nice blog every day.
    Cherry Blossoms are in full bloom in Japan today.
    It is spring. The Japanese loved this season.
    Cherry Blossom Festival in Kyoto is the ancient capital.
    All means, please enjoy on the homepage of Kyoto.
    From Japan.
    Ryoma Sakamoto.

  25. Kitty:
    This is something I always wanted to do - make my own bread yeast rolls. These look soooooo good. Retirement....

  26. Kitty, I'm impressed that you have your childhood Easter basket. What a treasure! Sweet memories each time you use it! It's the perfect centerpiece with the cute bunny and cabbages. The yeast rolls look amazing. Would love to be eating one of those tonight.
    Happy Easter.........Sarah

  27. Pretty table, Kitty, an d the rolls look so yummy...Christine

  28. Your rolls are making me SO hungry! They look delicious. And how versatile. They would be delicious as cinnamon rolls. Your Easter basket is a treasure. And your little bunny visitor is so sweet! Happy Easter!

  29. Hi Kitty! Oh, what a sweet table and I love it that you still have your childhood Easter basket! You've decked her out so sweetly! Cute little bunnies. I just don't see them around here but I know they can be destructive. I'm always looking for a good rolls recipe and I will certainly make yours. I wish you and your family a very blessed Easter.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  30. Hi Kitty,
    There is nothing better than a great homemade roll, these look delicious! Thank you so much for sharing this awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend!
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  31. I'm not sure which is prettier, your rolls or your table! Have a blessed Easter!

  32. Lovely memories and a wonderful recipe.

    Happy Easter.

    - The Tablescaper

  33. This looks so tasty! Happy Easter!
    Morgaine from Madcap Frenzy

  34. Hi Kitty your rolls look so nice, like I could grab one thru the screen. Hope you enjoyed them. Happy Easter and your bunny is in time for Easter. Well, I rather have a rabbit then what we woke to on Memorial Day a black bear feeding out of the birdfeeder. Little close for comfort. I posted his picture on the blog last spring. Then he had the nerve to come back that night for the rest of the birdseed.........Andi

  35. I love the story of your basket and how your Mother celebrated Easter with it each year! I love strawberries and chocolates and hope the bunny leaves you the Russell Stover eggs in your special basket! We have bunnies in our neighborhood and it makes me smile when I see them, too. Hope you and your family have a blessed Easter! Did you hear the rain? The rain was certainly welcome and helps fill the lakes!


  36. That looks so wonderful, thank you so much for the recipe.
    Happy Easter to you !!!

  37. Oh those rolls, wish I had one with tea right now!! Thank you for the recipe. Hope you had a lovely Easter. Have a blessed new week.

  38. WOW! Just look at all these wonderful comments! These rolls are certainly appropriately named! They look FABULOUS for sure. Thanks so much for linking up at Weekend Potluck...please come back soon. =)

  39. Lovely images and MOUTHWATERING rolls!!!!!!
    Following your blog!
    Are youon Pinterest too?

  40. Congratulations, your rolls had the MOST clicks last week at Weekend Potluck! So you are our featured recipe today! :)
    They really are gorgeous, thanks for sharing them with us...come on over and grab an "I was featured" button from my sidebar if you'd like.
    Happy Friday!
    Tonya from 4 little Fergusons

  41. Oops, a link might have been helpful! LOL :)


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